Crime

Lebanon man gets 25 years for massive collection of child porn

A Lebanon man, who was already a registered sex offender, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Ryan Scott Richards, 41, received the sentence Thursday in federal court.

“We hope that such a long and well-deserved sentence will send a message to those who seek to prey upon children,” U.S. Attorney Steve Wigginton said. “The harm these predators do is vast and it lasts for lifetimes of not only the direct victims but those who must deal with these images.”

In January 2014, during an investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, four photos and a video containing child pornography were downloaded from a computer linked to Richards, according to Wigginton. The content included a 9-year-old girl having sex with an adult male and an animal.

Further investigation revealed Richards had a collection of 264,293 photos and 1,821 movies depicting children involved in sexual acts.

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